Velsao Residents Oppose Resort Proposed in South Goa Citing Environmental Concerns

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Nihar Gokhale

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September 19, 2018

September 19, 2018

Updated on

September 19, 2018

Location of Conflict

Velsao

South Goa

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Tourism

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People Affected by Conflict

240

Households Affected by Conflict

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

3

ha

Starting Year

2018

State

Goa

Sector

Industry

Residents of Velsao, a coastal village in South Goa, have opposed a 100plusroom resort planned near the Velsao beach by Saldanha Developers Private Limited, a Goabased realtor, which owns title to the land. The residents claim that the property lies in a No Development Zone under coastal zone norms and that the state landuse plan classifies the area as an orchard, prohibiting construction. The conflict began when construction at the site commenced in May 2018. In June, the residents questioned the panchayat for giving licence to the project, following which the panchayat resolved to revoke the licence. A local MLA, Alina Saldanha, has supported the demand to scrap the project. The same month, the Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority issued a stopwork order on the ground that the project's environmental clearance had lapsed. It then sent the matter to the ministry for a decision. In July 2018, local fisherfolk, along with Goenchea Ramponkarancho Ekvott, a statewide network of small fisherfolk, told the government that the resort will block access to the beach and take away public space used by them to store fishing nets. An official of Saldanha Developers told LCW that the opposition is baseless as a former tenant of the property is spreading misinformation to seek higher compensation. "The construction began only after receiving the necessary approvals. Now, we are waiting for the government's response as it is looking into the concerns raised by the village residents," the official said.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Demand to retain/protect access to common land/resources

Complaint against procedural violations

Refusal to give up land for the project

Opposition against environmental degradation

Other Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Region Classification

Rural

Type of Land

Private

Type of Common Land

Total investment involved (in Crores):

Type of investment:

Year of Estimation

Page Number In Investment Document:

Has the Conflict Ended?

When did it end?

Why did the conflict end?

Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

Other, Environmental Laws

Legislations/Policies Involved

Coastal Regulation Zone Notification, 2011
Section 8: [Regulating activities within the CRZ]
Goa, Daman and Diu Town and Country Planning Act, 1974
Section 22: [Functions and powers of the Planning and Development Authorities]
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Whether claims/objections were made as per procedure in the relevant statute

What was the claim(s)/objection(s) raised by the community?

What was the Decision of the Concerned Government Department?

Legal Processes and Loopholes Enabling the Conflict:

No items found.

Legal Status:

Out of Court

Status of Case In Court

Whether any adjudicatory body was approached

Name of the adjudicatory body

Name(s) of the Court(s)

Case Number

Main Reasoning/Decision of court

Major Human Rights Violations Related to the Conflict:

No items found.

Whether criminal law was used against protestors:

Reported Details of the Violation:

Date of Violation

Location of Violation

Nature of Protest

Complaints/petitions/letters/memorandums to officials

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Velsao panchayat, Town and Country Planning Department, Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority

PSUs Involved in the Conflict:

Did LCW Approach Government Authorities for Comments?

Name, Designation and Comment of the Government Authorities Approached

An official of Saldanha Developers told LCW that the opposition is baseless as a former tenant of the property is spreading misinformation to seek higher compensation. "The construction began only after receiving the necessary approvals. Now, we are waiting for the government's response as it is looking into the concerns raised by the village residents," the official said.

Corporate Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Saldanha Developers Private Limited

Did LCW Approach Corporate Parties for Comments?

An official of Saldanha Developers told LCW that the opposition is baseless as a former tenant of the property is spreading misinformation to seek higher compensation. "The construction began only after receiving the necessary approvals. Now, we are waiting for the government's response as it is looking into the concerns raised by the village residents," the official said.

Communities/Local Organisations in the Conflict:

Goenchea Ramponkarancho Ekvott, MLA Alina Saldanha (Cortalim constituency)

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